Just a year ago Ryan Brasier was making noise at the Major League level and turning heads as he was brought up from the Minors. With a bullpen that was loaded with questions marks, much like this season, the club was looking for any depth they could get. And that’s when Brasier stepped up in a big way and became a key fixture in the ‘pen as the year wore on.
It was a Cinderella story for the right-hander who was given another chance in the Majors following a stint in Japan. The Red Sox gave him the opportunity and he impressed. Making his debut a little over a year ago, he finished off the regular season with a strong 1.60 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP in 33.2 innings worth of work.
And he continued his strong performance through the postseason allowing just a single run in 8.2 IP.
A year later and it’s almost like we’re watching a completely different pitcher as it was announced by the team today that the reliever has been optioned back down to Pawtucket, being replaced by LHP Darwinzon Hernandez.
This comes on the heels of another poor outing on Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. With a comfortable six-run lead and seemingly no pressure in the top half of the eighth inning, the righty surrendered 3 ER–four total–in 0.2 IP.
His stats on the year mimic that type of performance as his ERA sits at 4.24 with a WHIP of 1.21 in 40.1 innings.
He began the year great, resembling the guy who the front office believed could potentially be Craig Kimbrel’s replacement in the closer role. But after posting a sub-two ERA in April, things began to snowball quickly as the year continued.
His essential replacement for the moment, 22-year-old LHP Darwinzon Hernandez, has appeared in two games for Boston this season allowing 3 ER in 5.1 IP.
Hernandez’s ERA between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket sits at 5.02 in 57.1 IP.
His most recent outing with Boston came on June 11th against the Texas Rangers where he allowed 3 ER–four total–on three hits in three innings.